Save UQ Union campaign wins heritage fight

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana The campaign to save the UQ union complex was not a shrine to past glories, if there were any, in that place. The Vietnam War slowly came to an end as did Bjelke-Petersen and his attack on democratic rights. Uranium continues … Continue reading Save UQ Union campaign wins heritage fight

SEQEB sellout provoked music, art …

The SEQEB dispute was one of the biggest sellouts of workers in Queensland Labour history ... we post this account of how the dispute was remembered in music and art. We thanks the State Library of Queensland's blog by R. Hillier. Also Erroll O'Neill wrote a play about the dispute, called ‘The Hope of the … Continue reading SEQEB sellout provoked music, art …

Trev’s Forecast from 22 June

Trev’s Forecast for next 7 Days from 22 June We’ve just had the winter solstice, that is, the day with the least number of daylight hours, 21 June, with 10.4 daylight hours. This is due to the Earth’s axis being tilted at a fixed angle relative to the Sun’s orbital plane, and creates the seasons. … Continue reading Trev’s Forecast from 22 June

Foco Nuevo in July

CANCELLED FOCO NUEVO IN JULY Out of Abingdon / Jumping Fences Unfortunately, owing to the snap lockdown and the uncertainty around the Delta strain of the Coronavirus we must cancel our Foco Nuevo in July concert. We very much look forward to hosting Out of Abingdon later in the year. We hope to see you at our place … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in July

Mary Quant in Bendigo

I didn't have time to wait for Women's Lib - Mary Quant, 2021 While in lockdown WBT has been looking at street art, now we venture into fashion. British fashion took off in the 1960s during the sexual revolution. One of its exponents was Mary Quant, a designer with a talent for self promotion. Quant … Continue reading Mary Quant in Bendigo

Iraq: Oil for food – Wheat for weapons

The University council has appointed climate denier and chairman of Whitehaven Coal, Mark Vaile, as Chancellor of the University of Newcastle. Mark Vaile, as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister from 2005 to 2007, went all the way with George Bush's invasion of Iraq resulting in the destruction of society and over a million deaths. … Continue reading Iraq: Oil for food – Wheat for weapons

Boycott PUMA – Free Palestine!

Saturday 26th of June, the day before the State of Origin Game in Brisbane we aim to raise awareness of Puma’s unethical sponsorship of the Israeli Football Association. SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2021 AT 11 AM UTC+10 QLD Maroons Boycott Puma! Don't Play with Israeli Apartheid   · King George Square, Brisbane The QLD Maroons has … Continue reading Boycott PUMA – Free Palestine!

Alley art in Lockdown

Bicycles line up at the local storeFactories crumble behind rusting ironGraffiti grows on the railway bridgeWorker in overalls walks on home- Jumping Fences, View from a Wooden Chair I have spent a month in Covid lockdown in Melbourne during May/June '21. Here is some art that I have seen. Hidden along a cobbled path near … Continue reading Alley art in Lockdown

Racists on the streets of Jerusalem

Israeli Nationalists attacks incite more bombing of Gaza Seventeen Palestinians were arrested as far-right Israeli settler groups marched through occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Israeli far-right nationalists took part in a flag-waving march through occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday that risked reigniting tensions with Palestinians and posed an early challenge for Israel’s new government. At … Continue reading Racists on the streets of Jerusalem

Queens Honours for public servants

Government should be a referee, not an active player.” ― Milton Friedman In the early 1990s Queensland Treasury was dominated by commerce and economic thinking that government could not efficiently deliver better infrastructure in electricity, ports and rail especially in a high growth economy … Treasury thought the corporatisation of Rail, Electricity and Ports was … Continue reading Queens Honours for public servants

Trev’s Forecast for next 7 Days from 15 June

Another storm front associated with an upper level trough just passed over south east Queensland this morning. These troughs aren’t shown on the surface pressure weather charts. The Bureau meteorologists commented in May on the ABC how unusual storms are for this time of year, but that they are not associated with the La Nina … Continue reading Trev’s Forecast for next 7 Days from 15 June

Scattered People

Speaking of people with no country ... ONLY 2 DAYS TO GO!   Scattered People film.We are incredibly excited to finally have our documentary film launch for Refugee Week 2021. Scattered People will have its premiere on Thursday 17 June at the Randwick Ritz Cinema in Sydney and will be screening around the country in … Continue reading Scattered People

No Country?

"The working class have no country. We cannot take from them what they have not got." - Marx and Engles, Communist Manifesto Prime Minister Scott Morrison says permanent resettlement is not an option for the Tamil asylum seeker family from Biloela in Queensland. The family cannot return to Sri Lanka where Tamils are persecuted. Asylum … Continue reading No Country?

Bail as political weapon

Bail has been used as a means of silencing Democratic Rights activists in Queensland for as long as I can remember. We give some examples after the arrest of a social media producer this week for alleged stalking the NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, who, in turn, stands accused of corruption. During a street march … Continue reading Bail as political weapon

Palestine Action target Israeli drone factory

Palestine solidarity activists take direct action against a firm near Manchester in the UK supplying armaments to the the apartheid State of Israel. Here is their report: At 4:30am on Thursday morning, Palestine Action supporters stormed, scaled, and occupied the Runcorn Factory of APPH. This is a Canadian-owned aerospace company, which manufactures military technology and … Continue reading Palestine Action target Israeli drone factory

Free Tharunicaa – home to Biloela now!

"Are other Australians ashamed, as I am? How can Australia, proud of our freedoms, respectful of all our peoples, and insistent on human dignity, inflict cruelty on Australian children as a means of achieving a goal of government policy?” - Sir Gerard Brennan, Chief Justice of Australia 1995–1998, appointed by the Keating Labor government who … Continue reading Free Tharunicaa – home to Biloela now!

One step forward …

Motion passed at the Queensland 4-6 June 2021Australian Labor party (alp) state conference Labor Friends of Palestine recognises oppression of Palestinian people at Qld ALP conference Israel/Palestine Background In view of the following: This year will mark 104 years since the British Lord Balfour declaration on the partition of Palestine when the British granted a … Continue reading One step forward …

Many lives lost in Myanmar Coup

“In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people – the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.”― George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant (I have) received the following email from a contact inside the Civil Disobedience Movement in Myanmar (CDM). So … Continue reading Many lives lost in Myanmar Coup

Palestine and social democratic imperialism

‘Were there not an Israel the United States of America would have to invent an Israel to protect her interests in the region’. - US President Joe Biden 1986. “Imperialism after all is an act of geographical violence”  - Edward Said In 1947, at a time when there was a refugee crisis in Europe, Labor deputy Prime … Continue reading Palestine and social democratic imperialism

Toolmoor Truth and Healing Circle

“Native title is not Land Rights and Reconciliation is not Justice” – Gary Foley at Sam Watson’s funeral 6 December 2019 This is the location of the Frasers Property Australia Brisbane head office at 154 Melbourne St in South Brisbane. Frasers want to clear ecologically significant bushland out at Deebing Creek on a site that … Continue reading Toolmoor Truth and Healing Circle

With My Little Eye – a review

“The enemy inside is far more powerful than the enemy outside.”― Neel Mukherjee, The Lives of Others With My Little Eye by Sandra Hogan tells an extraordinary and shocking story of how three children were programmed to spy on local trade unionists, anti-war activists and community groups opposed to the Vietnam war in Brisbane by … Continue reading With My Little Eye – a review

Trev’s Weather forecast from 8 June

Trev’s Forecast for next 7 Days from 8 June A cold snap is coming but that doesn’t mean the Earth’s climate is cooling as climate change deniers immediately spruik. The climate’s rapid warming is based on sound physics of the greenhouse effect, known since at least 1859. This is credited to Irish physicist John Tyndall. … Continue reading Trev’s Weather forecast from 8 June

Boycott Puma: Don’t play with apartheid

STATE OF ORIGIN GAME 1: SNAP SPEAKOUT AGAINST MAJOR SERIES SPONSOR, PUMA, AND THEIR PROFIT FROM APARTHEID 6:30pm on Wednesday 9 June King George Square One of the major sponsors of this years State of Origin series is Puma. They’ve signed deals with both the QLD Maroons and the NSW Blues to provide jerseys for … Continue reading Boycott Puma: Don’t play with apartheid

Black Screen | Charles Perkins Biography

I remember the civil liberties coordinating committee (CLCC) asking Charlie Perkins to come to Brisbane to participate in the Democratic right struggles (1977-78) against the Queensland government. Sure enough Charlie turned up, made a radical speech calling on people to march against police, and promptly went back down south. To be fair Charlie had a … Continue reading Black Screen | Charles Perkins Biography

Mining in the Pacific: a blessing and a curse?

Yes, WBT could see the environmental destruction caused by nickel mining on a visit to New Caledonia in 1975 and again in 1977. The Guardian's take (posted below) on this obvious fact is "And, in New Caledonia, angst over nickel mining has undermined political stability." No mention that transnational mining companies created a civil war … Continue reading Mining in the Pacific: a blessing and a curse?

Dirty Tricks at City Hall against Jonno’s support for refugees

We post this open letter of support for Councillor Jonathan Sri (for the Gabba Ward) who has been charged with official misconduct under Chapter 5A of Queensland’s Local Government Act 2009. The penalty includes a large fine and possible dismissal from office by the relevant Minister. Under section 244 of the Local Government Act 2009, … Continue reading Dirty Tricks at City Hall against Jonno’s support for refugees

Melbourne covid ride for Palestine

Cold ride to Moonee Ponds, home of Edna Everidge who tells me she supports a free Palestine! Photos of artwork in BrunswickAboriginal stone guardArt Gallery in Royal ParkRework of Iron Cross in Brunswick Prep for Covid Ride for PalestinePrep for ride for PalestineArt gallery in remnant bushlandFootpath flowersAboriginal footpath stoneReworking the iron cross

Government deception on food irradiation

12 May 2021 155-21 Approval report – Application A1193 Irradiation as a phytosanitary measure for all fresh fruit and vegetables Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has assessed an application made by the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD DAF) to permit the use of irradiation on fresh fruit and vegetables as a phytosanitary measure (pest disinfestation), and has prepared a draft variation. On 30 October 2020, FSANZ sought submissions on the draft variation and published an associated report. FSANZ received 480 submissions plus another three after the closing date. FSANZ approved the draft variation on 28 April 2021. The Food Ministers’ Meeting (formerly the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation) was notified of FSANZ’s decision on 12 May 2021. This Report is provided pursuant to paragraph 33(1)(b) of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991.

Fear of blue skies …

A Rohingyan friend tells me that drones were used against his people in Arkine State in Bangladesh in three ways to produce: FearInvasion of PrivacyKilling Here is a show Andy Paine has put together about Drones and the fear of blue skies June 4, 2021 Friday - 12:00 - 1:00 PM Welcome to the Paradigm … Continue reading Fear of blue skies …